Developers have their own collection of favorites.

We like to start with free themes, and build on them.

  • We’ve only used TwentySixteen from the default, built-in WordPress themes,
    • TwentyNineteen is the first default theme released for version 5.anything, and it’s too new.
    • There is no TwentyEighteen default theme. The Gutenberg WordPress was supposed to be released in 2018, but was delayed several times. When it was finally released in 2019, WordPress.org named/renamed the
    • TwentySeventeen gives up too much real estate at the top of the page, and we don’t believe it’s intuitive to scroll down to look for more information.
    • TwentySixteen, of the default WordPress themes, is “just right” for a basic website.
  • Our primary, go-to theme is Weaver Xtreme.
    • The free version from the WordPress repository is robust, and served us well for over a year.
    • We now pay for the upgrade plugin, and it extends to all of the sites we develop and maintain. (No extra cost to customers.)
    • The documentation is really horrible because it covers three different releases of Weaver.
    • The support forum is really good. The owners or an experienced developer will answer any question within a few hours.
  • We’ve had success with the free theme GeneratePress, also from the WordPress repository.  It’s lightweight and flexible. We have not paid for the upgraded version.

 

Some developers like to use “page builders” such as Divi and Beaver Builder. We cannot recommend them at this time. First, users are pretty much locked into them forever.  Changing themes in the future is a real challenge. Finally, WordPress has moved to v5.1.something (Gutenberg). It’s a block editor, which emulates the functionality of page builders.

Best Practice: Create and use a child theme. We originally did that by hand, but now we like to use a WordPress plug-in.

There are lots of opinions and reviews on the web. Read carefully, and retain what makes sense to you. Try to separate the reviews and advice from the sales pitches of a particular theme provider.


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